sreesaherberth: (The Ylendrian Empire)
2025-05-02 07:25 pm

We've Moved

You can find more information about Reesa, Michelle, and the Ylendrian Empire series at the following sites:

www.michelleandreesawrite.com

www.ylendrianempire.com
 
We will continue to answer comments left on this journal, but all the new activity will be going on over there.

sreesaherberth: (The Ylendrian Empire)
2010-12-31 03:33 pm

Cover art for The Slipstream Con

We just got the new cover art for our next book, The Slipstream Con.  It is, to say the least, REALLY FREAKING AWESOME.

The Slipstream Con by S. Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore

I'm kind of in love with it.  No, I'm REALLY in love with it.

Kanaxa has outdone herself on this one, presenting us with Kellen, Tal, and Vanya in a way that's nothing short of arresting.  And speaking of arresting, Vanya's gun isn't just for show.  She and Tal are going to be thankful they're armed by the time they capture Kellen and figure out how to save him (and themselves!) from the crime lord who wants his stolen nanotechnology back.  Did we mention that the nanotech is illegal?  And that Kellen might not be able give it back?

Yeah.  Vanya's pretty happy about that gun.

The book comes out in April, but I think until then, I'm just going to be staring at the cover!
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2010-12-20 02:12 pm

Holiday Give - Winners Chosen!

Winners have been chosen, and Carla and Rhonda now have $25 gift cards, in addition to wonderful friends who care about them. 

The additional $25 prize has been donated to Heifer International.  We bought ducks!

Thank you to everyone who participated, and watch for this to happen again next year.  It was lots of fun, and I think with a longer time frame, it could be easier for people to nominate. 
sreesaherberth: (The Balance of Silence)
2010-12-17 12:55 pm

Pretty Good Year - Holiday Give.

I have had a beautiful, amazing, life-affirming year.  I am so grateful for all my friends-who-are-family, for all my family-who-are-friends.   To all the people who gave me a chance this year, from my publishing company, to my astonishingly wonderful editor, to each and every reader who spent their time and money on our stories. 

I want to give out some holiday cheer, to thank the Universe for making my year absolutely magical.

What's more, I want you to feel like you can make someone's holiday brighter, so I need your help. 

I will be giving out three (3) $25 gifts, either in the form of PayPal payments, or Amazon gift cards.  Your part goes like this- give me the name and email of someone you know who needs it.  Someone who wants to buy their kid a present, someone who needs some help with groceries, or someone who has been there for you.  Give me your name, the name of a friend, the name of a family member, but make sure that I have an email address to send the gift card to.  I will choose 3 winners via random name picker on Monday, December 20, 2010 around 12pm (noon) EST.  Gifts will be made in US funds, but international entries are welcome.

All comments are screened, so that personal information doesn't escape into the wild.  You can post names, or stories, or anything else you want, and only I (and my co-author, Michelle Moore) will see it.  I will not choose based on merit, because frankly, I couldn't possibly decide the merit of someone else's need. 

Please feel free to pass the information along in any format you care to- link, twitter, facebook, or some other social network that will eventually rise up and overthrow us. (Skynet, I SEE YOU!)  You do not need my permission.

On Monday afternoon, I will notify the person who nominated, and I will send their choice of PayPal or Amazon to the winner, with a note that includes mention of the person who nominated them, unless the nominator requests anonymity.

The person who nominated a winner will be entitled to one free copy of our book, The Balance of Silence, or any story in the Shea Meier back catalogue, in the ebook format of their choice.  You are not obligated to take the book if you don't want it. ;)

IF YOU FEEL LIKE DONATING A $25 GIFT OF YOUR OWN, please email me, and I will post an addendum to the contest indicating that another winner will be chosen, thanks to you.  (reesah @ gmail (dot) com)

In the comment, please leave me the following information:
Your name and email address
Name and email address of the person you are nominating, if different. (Please do NOT feel shy about nominating yourself.)
Reason for nomination. (Not required, but feel free to share if you'd like.)

Ready? Set? GO!

(Totally inspired by the amazing work of The Bloggess.  If you feel your needs are better served there, please don't hesitate.  I figure that a little extra giving can't hurt.)

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2010-12-06 04:04 pm
Entry tags:

Reverb10: 12/05/10 - "Let Go"

December 5 – Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? (Author: Alice Bradley)

There were no toxic friends for me, no fiercely-held dreams that didn't come true. I think if I let go of anything, it was the belief that I would never be. Never be good enough. Never be pretty. Never be wanted on my own terms. Never be smart enough. Never be ENOUGH.

It's a process you don't realize you're engaged in, until the morning you wake up without that dreadful weight on your shoulders, and realize that above everything else, you simply ARE.
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2010-12-04 10:15 pm
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Reverb10 - 12/04/10 - Wonder

December 4 – Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? (Author: Jeffrey Davis)

I'm lucky enough that I live every day with a sense of wonder. 2010 has brought me music that filled my heart, words that filled my head, and daily glimpses of the world that filled my life with awe. I don't need to cultivate wonder, because it's there all the time, just waiting for me to see something from a better angle. There's not a single day that goes by that I don't read, see, hear, or live something that taps into a feeling that is too big to comprehend, much less express all at once.

That's wonder.
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2010-12-04 12:30 pm

Cheap kibble burns best, Grrraaaaaavy burns blue.

Me: Have you ever lit dog food on fire?
Michelle: No.
Me: Don't. It smells terrible.
Michelle: Why did you light dog food on fire?
Me: I had matches and dog food. I don't understand the question.
sreesaherberth: (The Balance of Silence)
2010-12-03 04:05 pm
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Reverb10 - 12/03/10 - Moment

December 3 – Moment.

Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors). (Author: Ali Edwards)

This is nearly impossible.

The most surreal moment was 12:01 EST, 09/14/2010. The release of our first book. We had sweet wine, and cookies, and to this day, I don't know if I really believe that it happened.
sreesaherberth: (The Balance of Silence)
2010-12-02 10:58 am

Reverb10 - 12/02/10 - Writing

December 2 Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
(Author: Leo Babauta)


I do a LOT of things each day that don't contribute to my writing directly. I watch tv. I spend too much time on the internet. I go to work, and waste time staring out my windows, when I could just as easily have Word open and be poking a few keys between tasks.

In the end, the only thing that directly contributes to writing is WRITING. You can have the best idea in the world for a story, and if you never sit down and actually WRITE it, it will remain an idea. But I don't believe that the only thing you can do to make your writing better is write. There's a huge world of experiences out there, things just waiting to spark ideas, and sometimes you have to take advantage of them.

And yes, okay, sometimes, you just need to sit in your living room and watch an episode of Terriers, and not feel guilty because you're depriving the world of your genius for a few minutes. Making yourself feel guilty over the words you didn't write is one of the surest ways I've found to further my avoidance techniques. Celebrate the words you do write, acknowledge that you must apply butt to seat to create more of them, and then get on with it.

Could I eliminate some of my Not Writing? Yes, and I've made active choices to do so. I record pretty much everything I want to watch now, and catch up on it when I have the time. I leave environments that don't work for me, when I'm trying to write. (I can write with music on, but I absolutely cannot concentrate with the tv on, even if it's not a show with a plot. HGTV is my writing kryptonite.) When I get to work in the morning, one of my routine tasks is to open the file for whatever story I'm working on, so that it's glaring at me from the taskbar and reminding me that I could just pop it open for a second or two.

I spend a lot of time Not Writing. What I'm getting better about is not feeling so guilty about "wasting" that time that I sabotage the time I DO spend writing.
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2010-12-01 04:06 pm
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Reverb10 - 12/01/10 - One Word

Today's Reverb10 prompt is:

December 1 One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
(Author: Gwen Bell)



2010- Breathtaking.

Because this year saw moments that took my breath away, but I also needed to remind myself on many occasions that I just needed to breathe, and everything would be okay.

2011- Made.

Because next year, I will be a maker, a creator, a builder or words and things.
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2010-11-28 11:31 am

Hi, LJ.

My pants have filed for Chapter 11. I know I missed tons, so if it was important or you needed something from me, please smack me upside the head and point me in the right direction.

Phoenix was warm, and then not, and then warm again. My Gramma was a delight, my nephew is FREAKING HUGE (I think that kid is like, six feet tall!), my sister and I giggled so much that we gave ourselves incurable hiccups, my Mom is awesome and wonderful, my Dad was not feeling well, but it was good to see him, and my stepmom was really, really thrilled when I gave her the autoharp I fixed up for her. Also, Dad and Kelly's cat is 16 pounds of Maine Coon love.

I wrote some stuff. And we had Christmas, because fuck it, Jesus was probably born in September anyway, and I'm a pagan with agnostic leanings and notes of Quaker. (I need to stop reading coffee descriptions.)

In conclusion, Bookmans owns my soul, forever and always. If I ever do a book signing in the Phoenix area, I want it to be there.
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2010-10-18 11:36 pm

Reviews, story updates, and general chatter.

We've gotten some great reviews lately, and I realized that I hadn't shared any of them.

From Mrs. Giggles comes this lovely quote:

"Despite being set in a Mos Eisley Cantina-style setting, The Balance Of Silence has very little action. This is a romance with more internal conflict and character study than fireworks. The lack of action is compensated amply by the poetic relationship developing between Riv and Ducks, however. These two men are both damaged inside, and it is a beautiful kind of catharsis to see them slowly heal in each company's however."

And Scandalous Minx at Literary Nymphs has given us 4 1/2 nymphs!

"The Balance of Silence is a well written sci-fi saga that reflects on second chances, forgiveness, acceptance and finding love. S. Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore have created a compelling story with two great characters."

Carol at RomFan reviews gives us 4/5 and says:
"The worldbuilding was very nicely executed, and the supporting characters had strong voices of their own."

And Tame at The Opening of the Chrysalis says:
"There was a perfect balance of intrigue, sensuality, innocence, carnality, new beginnings, old fears, and groundbreaking love that didn't overwhelm the senses, but engaged the reader totally. I can't wait to read more of their story, and more of the Ylendrian Empire!"
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Guys, have I mentioned that I'm kind of blown away by the fact that people who aren't my Mom have read my book?

In other Ylendrian news, we finished the first major edits on The Slipstream Con, and have sent it off to make its way in the world.

Next up, we're working on Lake Effect, a paranormal mystery set in an old summer camp, and Peripheral Pineapple People, our psychic detectives... IN SPACE! book, which is another Ylendrian Empire novel. There may or may not have been some illicit plotting of a sequel to Slipstream, but I'll never tell.

November may be a bit of a breather for us, in terms of expanding the Empire. [profile] marigot_moore is thinking of keeping her NaNoWriMo tradition alive, and if she does, I am going to take the month and see where it'll get me with Skies Made of 1's and 0's, the steampunk story about angels, drugs, and magical binary that I have been "working on" for over a year. I can see the entire world, but it turns out that I'm kind of not good at writing without a partner.

Okay. I'm off to bed, before I turn into a pumpkin.
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2010-09-27 11:01 pm

Contest Time!

Just a reminder that time is running out on our contests. Details below:

We're running contests- you can win a free copy of the book in the format of your choice, or, if you're one of the awesome people who has already purchased a copy, you could win a prize pack that has all KINDS of goodies in it.

The first is pretty simple- email us with the subject line "Balance", and you'll be entered to win a free copy in the format of your choice. Two winners will be chosen by random selection, and the winner will be notified by email.

We don't want to leave out the people who have already read the book, though! If you've purchased The Balance of Silence, send us some proof of it- a picture of yourself reading it, a screenshot of your receipt (all payment and personal information removed, obviously), even a favourite quote, or request for the phone numbers of the cover models. Just email us with the subject line "Goodie Bag", and you'll be entered to win a canvas tote bag full of prizes! The goodie bag includes all kinds of cool stuff with our fabulous cover featured prominently, topped off with delicious nomables, and a treat from LUSH! One random winner will be chosen.

Enter here to win a free copy of "The Balance of Silence"

Enter here to win a goodie bag full of "The Balance of Silence" prizes
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2010-09-22 10:49 pm

Things I am not doing.

Some Stories I am Not Writing:

1. The Psych fic where Shawn is adopted, and his biological parents are Yin and Yang. (Please note: this is my pet theory for the season 5 finale. I'm pretty sure I'm wrong, but I don't care.)
2. The White Collar fic where El isn't magically understanding, but wants the OT3 to succeed anyway. I want to see her wooed. She's a woman who deserves wooing.
3. The Peripheral People side story about the school shuttle pilot who flies Wens and Gavin home every weekend, and the things that happen over the years when you spend an afternoon with a psychic every week.
4. The Sherlock fic where Sherlock finds himself buying milk, and it isn't a metaphor, but it is a mark of how much John has warped his priorities.

Of course, I'm also not sleeping, and apparently not editing chapter four of The Slipstream Con, so the "not writing" status is subject to change.
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2010-09-14 11:01 pm

"The Balance of Silence" private release party.

I know at least half of you just added "in my pants" to that subject line, and that is why I love you.

Our first novel, The Balance of Silence, came out today! If you are friends with me anywhere else, I'm sure you already know that. I've been going on a bit, I think.

To celebrate, we had a private release party last night. Yes, it was in our kitchen. Yes, that's my Kindle. (It's also my wine.) And yes, then we sat down and finished the rest of the Sherlock episode we'd been watching.

Balance of silence release party

Want to read an excerpt? You can! )

We're running contests- you can win a free copy of the book in the format of your choice, or, if you're one of the awesome people who has already purchased a copy, you could win a prize pack that has all KINDS of goodies in it.

The first is pretty simple- email us with the subject line "Balance", and you'll be entered to win a free copy in the format of your choice. Two winners will be chosen by random selection, and the winner will be notified by email.

We don't want to leave out the people who have already read the book, though! If you've purchased The Balance of Silence, send us some proof of it- a picture of yourself reading it, a screenshot of your receipt (all payment and personal information removed, obviously), even a favourite quote, or request for the phone numbers of the cover models. Just email us with the subject line "Goodie Bag", and you'll be entered to win a canvas tote bag full of prizes! The goodie bag includes all kinds of cool stuff with our fabulous cover featured prominently, topped off with delicious nomables, and a treat from LUSH! One random winner will be chosen.

Enter here to win a free copy of "The Balance of Silence"

Enter here to win a goodie bag full of "The Balance of Silence" prizes

I swear I've done nothing all day but look at my computer (Okay, and watch more Sherlock. Watch Sherlock again? Both of those.), but I'm exhausted. It's done, it's out there in the world, now all I can do is hope people don't hate it. (If you do, that's totally your right. All I ask is that you please not post about hating it HERE. Anywhere else is fair game.)

Back to work tomorrow. I'm so glad I took the day off.
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2010-09-12 08:56 pm

In which I am a Virgo.

Today a friend brought over her Dyson for me to test drive around the house. I learned several things-

-Our current vacuum had a full bag, so it wasn't really a fair test
-There was a small cat living in our carpet
-There was a LARGE cat living in our hallway
-You only push ONE of the grey buttons to get the canister off to clean it out.
-I want a Dyson.

I am about to be 31, and my shiny new toy desire for my birthday is a vacuum cleaner. When did I grow up?

Ah, never. Excuse me while I go move my clean laundry from one side of my room to the other, so I can lounge around and watch Daria DVDs.
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2010-09-01 12:49 am

I go out writing, after midnight...

It's after midnight. After taking the writing day off, I'm officially allowed to say that I'm writing a mystery set in 1890's Paris, featuring Jean and Gabriel from my story in the Sindustry anthology, "Fin de Siecle". No idea how long it's going to be, yet, but I'm giving myself permission to write it until the writing is done, and worry about the rest later. (This one is just me. We'll see how much progress I make, between editing and other projects.)

Also in progress are:

Peripheral People- a thriller about psychic detectives IN SPACE! (This is another book set in the Ylendrian Empire, the same universe as "The Balance of Silence" and the novel we just FINISHEDOMG, "The Slipstream Con".) (S. Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore, for both.)
Lake Effect- a contemporary m/m paranormal, set in an imaginary town in rural Virginia. (Shea Meier)
Skies Made of 1's and 0's- a steampunk angel fantasy. (Again, just me.)

Michelle is working on a short story called "Enchanted Grounds", which is adorable, and sweet, and makes me wish I owned a magical coffee shop.

It's really no wonder I can never find the gumption to put away my laundry. At least, that's what I'm telling myself!
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2010-08-31 12:13 am

But what do I do NOW?

Well, holy crap.

84,686 words later, our accidentally-not-short space opera con-man caper is FINISHED.

I need a drink. And an editor.
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2010-08-23 05:43 pm

Thoughts on writing m/m and queer fiction.

Here's what I will do:

Write honestly.
Write the characters I love, as human beings.
Tell the story that I meant to tell.
Do my best to make each voice authentic to the character I'm writing.

Here's what I won't do:

Use my sexuality as an excuse to write what I write.
Let someone else erase my sexuality or gender as a way to discredit what I write.
Stop telling the stories I want to tell because someone insists that I'm not queer enough.
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2010-08-17 11:57 am

Everybody. Gets. A. BUS!

Fun Fact: Any time I see a group of four or more guys that includes more than one hat (that is not a baseball cap), flannel shirt, vest, or suit jacket over jeans, I assume they are a band. It makes the world seem more musical.